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Cowboys brass admits holding money back to pay star players

Through much of the offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have been noticeably quiet on adding talent through any major spending.

The Cowboys’ biggest moves have been signing linebacker Eric Kendricks and cornerback Jourdan Lewis to deals combining for under $6 million.

With all that in mind, team executive vice president Stephen Jones told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that the franchise has maxed out its spending over the last few years.


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“We spend max, max money year in and year out. All 32 can only spend the same amount of money over a five-year stretch,” Jones said via ESPN. “When we’re all said and done, we max out our salary cap every year. We will have done that and what comes with having a good roster, which we do, we also are looking towards signing our own guys. It doesn’t mean it happens overnight. But when you’re wanting to sign players like Dak [Prescott] and Micah [Parsons] and CeeDee [Lamb], then certainly you have to hold money back if you want to have a realistic chance of signing those guys.”

Dallas hasn’t made any significant moves to replace the notable players they have lost in free agency such as running back Tonny Pollard, left tackle Tyron Smith, center Tyler Biadasz, and defensive end Dorance Armstrong.


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Instead, the Cowboys are sitting with roughly $7.4 million without adding more talent. The front office did recently add veteran running back Royce Freeman to a one-year deal.

Beyond that, the Cowboys haven’t shown any urgency to further bolster their roster after another disappointing playoff exit. Time will tell if this is the right plan of action moving forward.

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